Altered time card by Michelle Hiskey.

Time card by Michelle Hiskey for the Clocking in for Unpaid Labor Project.

I collect quotes that I then print on doilies and other vintage linens from all over. Formerly on twitter, but also from books, newspapers, just anywhere I’m reading. This quote came in on this amazing, powerful timecard by Michelle Hiskey.

Using this quote felt different, because it’s on her artwork. That felt different than printing a quote from a newspaper article, something said by a writer, or an expert. I wrote to Michelle and asked permission to print this on a doily, and am thrilled that she said yes!

Here’s what that looks like:

What if aprons... doily by Elaine Luther, 2023, quoting Michelle Hiskey.

What if aprons… doily by Elaine Luther, 2023, quoting Michelle Hiskey.

I forgot the parenthesis around the K! Whoops! What I love about this quote is that it’s a question that encapsulates so many ideas. The apron as symbol for domestic labor, carework, the question that immediately makes you think, “yes? what if” and also, “why not?”

Here’s another quote I recently printed. First, here’s the original and the context, from instagram.

Pull quote and image from an Instagram post by Coulter Fussell.

Pull quote and image from an Instagram post by Coulter Fussell.

Here’s my print on a vintage napkin, made with light reactive dye:

Vintage napkin printed by Elaine Luther with light reactive dye. Says, “Insider trick: if you ask a loved one ot buy this for you but they say, ‘it seems expensive for a quilt’ just tell them to pretend it’s a 65″ x 65″ painting by a man. Suddenly such a deal!” – Coulter Fussell

Why is the bottom part of this not magenta? Because I’ve printed something larger than my light exposure unit. (Can’t use the sun this time of year.) I have a larger UV light set up for printing, but it’s not fully operational yet. I was going to do a second exposure to make the rest of this magenta, then decided I liked it this way. Then, noticed it looks a little funny in the photos, just not quite right, so I will probably print the bottom part again to make it magenta. And I may print another one, because I dropped the close quote mark, whoops! I need a proofreader in my studio.

What I love about this quote is that again, so compact, but she’s calling out both the undervaluing of all art by women, and of the fiber arts in general. Beautiful!